Saugerties Teaching Assistant Saves Student

SAUGERTIES – Camden Sauer, a Grade 1 student at Riccardi Elementary School, was eating an orange in his classroom when something went terribly wrong. A slice got lodged in his throat. That’s when a quick-thinking teaching assistant stepped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which caused the slice to become dislodged. “I knew by the look on his face that he was scared and needed help,” said Teaching Assistant Jamie Hewett. “I received CPR and Heimlich maneuver training years ago. I know the importance of it, but never thought I’d have to use it.”

The young boy’s parents, Cliff and Jenn Sauer, are grateful that Ms. Hewitt was trained in CPR. “We are appreciative that each of our children are safe and supported in Saugerties,” Jenn Sauer said. “We are forever grateful to Ms. Hewitt and how she was there for Camden.”

When Camden was asked how he felt about Ms. Hewitt, he said smiling, “She’s cool. She helped save my life.”

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